- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Officials in Manatee County say there’s been an explosion of heroin overdoses in the area.

The Bradenton Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1HBfj5w) that so far in July, EMS has already had to use Narcan, a drug that stops opioid overdoses, 136 times.

Over Fourth of July weekend, the county’s Emergency Medical Services Division had 57 overdose calls in three days.

Officials say the calls come from all over the county and aren’t specific to any age, gender, race or economic class.

Law enforcement and treatment officials have said the 2011 shutdown of the so-called Florida “pill mills” — doctors who prescribed addictive painkillers to people who didn’t really need it — led many of those addicts to turn to heroin.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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